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Senate ready to start wide open immigration debate on DACA, Dreamers

  • 8:59 pm Sunday, February 11th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With lawmakers in both parties unable to reach an agreement in negotiations in recent weeks on how best to deal with illegal immigrant “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States by their parents, the U.S. Senate on Monday is set to begin a freewheeling debate which could produce a compromise on DACA, Dreamers, and border security, or the effort could also run aground in the continuing political hailstorm on Capitol Hill that surrounds the issue of illegal immigration.

“It is time for Congress to act, and to protect Americans,” the President declared in his weekly address on Saturday, as he [More]

Trump fires back at Democrats over rejected Russia probe memo

  • 10:31 am Saturday, February 10th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A day after the White House told House Democrats to edit an intelligence memo about the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections in order to remove sensitive intelligence materials, President Donald Trump accused Democrats of adding in too much classified information on purpose, as Republicans said the President’s critics were simply playing political games over the Russia investigation.

“The Democrats sent a very political and long response memo which they knew, because of sources and methods (and more), would have to be heavily redacted,” the President wrote in a Saturday morning message on Twitter.

Mr. Trump’s decision on Friday to [More]

President Trump refuses to release Democratic memo on Russia probe

  • 8:33 pm Friday, February 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A week after giving the green light to a memo written by Republicans in Congress which raised questions about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, President Donald Trump on Friday refused to release a rebuttal memo from Democrats, raising questions about details in the document.

“Although the President is inclined to declassify the February 5th memorandum, because the Memorandum contains numerous properly classified and especially sensitive passages, he is unable to do so at this time,” wrote White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

“The hypocrisy is on full display,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “What does the President [More]

With early morning votes, Congress ends overnight government shutdown

  • 5:30 am Friday, February 9th, 2018 by Staff Writer

While most of America was asleep, the federal government suffered its second shutdown in less than a month, as one Republican Senator prevented action in Congress to avoid a budget lapse at midnight, forcing the House and Senate to work through the night to restore funding, ensuring that government offices would be open on Friday.

“This is the dumbest shutdown ever,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI).

“It’s been an awful long night, and it didn’t need to be,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), as the House ended the shutdown just after 5:30 am, voting 240-186 to approve a two-year budget deal. [More]

Senate approves budget deal, as overnight government shutdown could end before breakfast

  • 11:57 pm Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by Staff Writer

For the second time in less than a month, the federal government officially ran out of money to operate, as the latest shutdown began at the stroke of midnight here in Washington, D.C., though Congressional leaders were hopeful that the federal government would be fully open for business by breakfast, as the Senate voted early Friday to approve a funding plan – while the House aimed to finish that before sunrise.

The lapse in funding occurred despite an agreement on a two-year budget deal, which also included full funding for the Pentagon, and a temporary funding plan for the rest of [More]

Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress

  • 2:20 pm Thursday, February 8th, 2018 by Staff Writer

As the Congress moved to approve a stopgap funding plan to avoid a government shutdown, and a two-year budget agreement worked out by leaders of both parties, lawmakers were still digging into the details of that budget deal, which approves close to $400 billion in new spending over the next two years, the first significant increase since the Obama Stimulus law in 2009, as Republicans celebrated more money for the military, and Democrats highlighted more money for domestic programs.

“With today’s vote, we’re finally going to get the military the budget they need,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, as Republicans celebrated [More]

Two-year budget deal leaves conservative Republicans fuming over deficits

  • 8:26 pm Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Staff Writer

A two year budget agreement announced Wednesday by Congressional leaders was met with scorn from many more conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill, as the combination of big increases in military and domestic spending left some GOP lawmakers frustrated over a lack of budget discipline, while outside groups quickly predicted the plan could swiftly bring back $1 trillion yearly deficits.

“It’s almost a quarter trillion dollar increase in spending,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who told reporters it reminded him of the Obama Stimulus law. “We all know how obnoxious that was.”

“The spending increase is a big problem for a lot [More]

Congress, White House, strike 2-year budget deal for $300 billion spending increase

  • 1:09 pm Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Ending months of negotiations, Senate leaders on Wednesday announced an agreement with the White House to do away with restrictive budget limits for both the Pentagon and domestic spending programs, as the plan will add nearly $300 billion to the federal budget over the next two years.

“This bill is the product of extensive negotiations,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “No one would suggest it is perfect, but we worked together to find common ground.”

I believe we have reached a budget deal that neither side loves, but both sides can be proud of,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.

Lawmakers [More]

House approves GOP stopgap budget, as Senate leaders near overall spending deal

  • 6:58 pm Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

Facing the threat of a government shutdown on Thursday night, the House voted along party lines Tuesday evening to approve a six week extension of funding for most federal agencies, while Senate leaders worked behind closed doors to come up with a broader deal to increase spending for the military and non-defense programs.

The GOP plan included full funding for the Pentagon, along with dozens of health care provisions that had backing in both parties.

“I find it so curious that there would be opposition to funding our military,” said Rep. Marsha Blackwell (R-TN), as the two parties duked it [More]

House votes to overhaul sexual harassment policies for members of Congress

  • 1:21 pm Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 by Staff Writer

With no opposition, the U.S. House on Tuesday approved new policies on how sexual harassment cases involving members of Congress are dealt with, also approving a change in the rules of the House, to now strictly prohibit relationships between a lawmaker and staffers under their supervision.

“People can’t hide behind the process anymore,” said Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), as the House moved to change a system that kept sexual harassment details quiet, and had taxpayers pay for any lawsuit damages.

“The members names will be known, and taxpayers will not be on the hook for any of this,” Comstock said on the [More]

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